When a recreational vehicle (RV) is crash tested and illustrates how wooden benches and dinette seating can collapse during a crash, parents must understand these risks. Guidelines are available for parents to consider the best and safest alternative when transporting children and using an RV.  
Review these videos from Bailey Motor Homes. This company is located in the United Kingdom, but illustrates how vulnerable the inside of an RV can be, especially for those not crash tests.  Parents also view Guidelines for parents: Alternatives to consider while traveling with children in an RV.

 
 
At Pro Car Seat Safety, a division of Pro Consumer Safety, we often receive calls from parents asking about how to install a child restraint system (car seats) in a recreational vehicle (RV). Most parents are either planning a trip with a family member who owns an RV or are planning on renting an RV. They become quickly confused when they follow the RV owner's manual for child passenger safety or after rental company provides them with a copy of the State child passenger safety law. 

RV's can present a false sense of security, due to their size, quality and even the seat belts on the bench and dinette seats. Here are just a few things to be aware of:
    1. Seat belts in the rear benches and dinette seats do not need to meet Federal seat belt requirements and RV's are not crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
    2. Child safety restraint systems (car seats and booster seats) are NEVER be used in rear-facing or side-facing bench seating in any RV.
    3. During a collision, wooden benches and cabinets can collapse and break apart, and equipment and storage materials can become projectiles causing injury to passengers.

What would an RV crash look like?

To give you an idea of what the inside of an RV would look like during a crash, see this video crash test from Bailey Motor Homes. This manufacturer is located in the United Kingdom, but provides an excellent example.  
 

What options do you have to protect your child in an RV? 
Pro Consumer Safety and Pro Car Seat Safety has 1) developed guidelines for parents to help keep children safe as passengers when using an RV and 2) established an RV "baby proofing" list.
Guidelines for parents:
Best allternatives to consider
RV's & Child Passengers
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Baby-Proof your RV: 
Practice "home safety" when on the road
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For more information visit http://www.procarseatsafety.com/recreation-vehicles-rv.html  or call 323-491-6197
 
 


The Fall season is upon us and Pro Consumer Safety releases its annual Halloween Fact Sheet to inform practitioners, educators, and related public agencies, schools, hospitals and organizations on Halloween related injury risks, prevention and downloadable educational material for parents and children.  

An estimated 40 million children will participate in Halloween trick-or-treat celebrations on Halloween night in the United States. In addition, decorating and preparations for Halloween is second to Christmas, with Americans spending $6.9 billion on Halloween decorations and costumes.  Unfortunately along with Halloween celebrations and decorating, is the increased risk of injury. 
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INJURY RISKS

Fatalities: Halloween night is most fatal for children ages 5-14. On Halloween night children are 4.5 times more likely to be killed by a motor vehice than any other night of the year.

Hospitalizations: Halloween also has the highest number of childhood Emergency Department (ED) visits compared to Christmas and July 4th. The most common childhood injuries include:
  1. Motor vehicle/pedestrian injury
  2. Falls (resulting in eye injuries from sharp objects, hand fractures and tripping from costumes)
  3. Burns from flammable costumes
  4. Cuts & lacerations from pumpkin carving
  5. Home fires/burns from decorations

PREVENTION & EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

These fatalities and hospitalizations are preventable. Pro Consumer Safety provides educational materials that include safety tips to help keep children and families safe this Halloween. Each can be downloaded at the links provided on the Halloween Fact Sheet. These include:
  • Halloween Decorating Safety
  • Trick-or-treat Planning
  • Halloween Night Safety

CONTACTS

For media inquiry and other questions call 323-491-6197 or email Media@ProConsumerSafety.com